[Buildroot] Introducing new package type, side to side with generic-package

Thomas Petazzoni thomas.petazzoni at free-electrons.com
Sat Nov 2 10:35:35 UTC 2013

Dear Thomas De Schampheleire,

On Sat, 2 Nov 2013 11:27:12 +0100, Thomas De Schampheleire wrote:

> The problem with buildroot forks is that many good developments in
> these forks do not flow back into the mainline buildroot. This is not
> only disadvantageous for mainline buildroot, but also for the fork
> that has to keep up-to-date with developments in mainline buildroot.

I fully agree.

> To the community: I was going to propose to create a github mirror for
> buildroot to clarify which is the upstream project, but it seems one
> already exists:
> https://github.com/buildroot/buildroot

Yes. I did create this one, and I try to keep it updated from time to
time. I pushed the latest Buildroot version to it yesterday.

> If I search on github for 'buildroot', I get 227 repository results :-(
> Some are just personal repositories, but others are actual forks, like:
> Amlogic-related:
> https://github.com/Pivosgroup/buildroot-linux
> https://github.com/vDorst/buildroot
> Raspberry Pi:
> https://github.com/nezticle/RaspberryPi-BuildRoot
> https://github.com/gamaral/rpi-buildroot
> https://github.com/huceke/buildroot-rbp
> https://github.com/albertd/buildroot-rpi
> GCW0 (open-source gaming console)
> https://github.com/gcwnow/buildroot
> BeagleBoard/BeagleBone:
> https://github.com/nerves-project/bbone-erlang-buildroot
> https://github.com/MaxGalemin/buildroot
> Maybe we should add something to the website or README regarding
> forks, something saying that we strongly discourage that and are in
> general open in accepting board support in mainline buildroot. But
> what do we do with all the defconfigs and supporting files. I think
> there was some discussion at BDD about that, but I didn't follow it
> well.

There wasn't discussion about this at the latest BDD, but we indeed
discussed it at the FOSDEM 2013 Buildroot Developer Day. See

Best regards,

Thomas Petazzoni, CTO, Free Electrons
Embedded Linux, Kernel and Android engineering

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